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Frankie 100: Frankie Manning Centennial Post Office Installation

    In spring 2014, Mandi Gould, a longtime friend, and one of several key figures in the now legendary late 1990s “second wave” Lindy Hop revival in Toronto, put out a request online for assistance with Frankie 100: Frankie Manning Centennial Celebration, a massive event endeavour she was project managing for the Frankie Manning Foundation, whose mission is […]

Body And Soul (Edward Heyman Robert Sour Frank Eyton Johnny Green Cover) 10.18.11

So many have covered this song, let’s face it. Still, the sheet music was given to me in the late 90s by legendary session bassist (and jazz guitar virtuoso), Carol Kaye. I just had to learn how to play it. Great songs beg to be covered. And jazz standards have the best chord changes. I’m still […]

Busy Doin’ Nothin’ ( Beach Boys Brian Wilson Cover ) 10.18.11

Purchase music on iTunes by The Beach Boys and Brian Wilson. The song Busy Doin’ Nothin’, and the 1968 album Friends, from which this Beach Boys song lives, fell in the shadow of such masterworks as Pet Sounds (1966) and the then unreleased SMiLE (1967/2004/2011). I still consider this song one of Brian Wilson‘s finest achievements. […]

95 Lotus Blossoms For Billy Strayhorn

Everyone has heard the name Duke Ellington, even those uninitiated to the world of jazz. Far fewer are familiar with the name Billy Strayhorn, Duke Ellington’s right-hand man and collaborator for almost three decades. There are those who would argue that Strayhorn’s compositions and arrangements for the Duke Ellington Orchestra are every bit as important […]